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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #732
                    Tuesday, April 4, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MANY SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIOS APPARENTLY NOT PART 15 COMPLIANT
  Many of the small FM transmitters built into Sirius
Satellite receivers are apparently not FCC Part 15 compliant
and, if so, should not be offered for sale to the public.  This,
because the transmitters appear to include some user-programmable
frequencies that are outside of the normal FM broadcast band -
frequencies that violate FCC Part 15 compliance requirements.
Potentially affected are such popular Sirius receivers as the
Sportster and Starmate.
  Details on this unfolding story are available at the
first URL below.  The second URL links to a related story in
TV Technology magazine.  Sirius has not responded to either of
two inquiries made by Communications General Corporation, the
publisher of the CGC Communicator newsletter.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/Sirius_on_FM.html
  http://www.tvtechnology.com/dlrf/one.php?id=1222
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  REPORT FROM OUR SAN DIEGO "ENGINEER AT LARGE"
  I've noticed driving on the San Diego freeways that 87.9,
96.9 and 106.9 MHz are being used for either iPOD-casts or as
the FM frequencies for XM/Sirius.  It is surprising how many
times I'm driving alongside someone using these so called
Part 15 transmitters.
  I am detecting one of the mini-FMers about four times a
week driving on I-52 or I-8.  Mostly hear Stern PODcasts or live
Sirius Stern shows.  Sometimes someone is flipping channels on
a satellite receiver!
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  EXTENDING THE RANGE OF PART 15 AM TRANSMITTERS
  Last week's Communicator showed how easy it was to turn 
up the power on a C. Crane Part 15 FM transmitter so it covers
greater range and presumably violates the Part 15 signal strength
standards.  This week, one of our readers points us to a web page
(URL below) for increasing the range of a Part 15 AM transmitter.
  Whether the proposed antenna modifications violate Part 15
standards has not been determined, but we note that one of the
linked "Customer Letters" reads as follows:
  "Thanks for your patience with me.  I'm reaching out in one
area about 4 miles and have the town I live in [population 1000]
covered."
  http://antenna18431.tripod.com/antenna.htm
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  AMC-8 SATELLITE EXPERIENCING POWER PROBLEMS
  Mar 30, 2006 - In a memo sent to its clients, SES Americom
has notified the users of the AMC-8 satellite that failures of
three power circuits have pressed SES Americom to begin work to
relocate the services currently distributed via the satellite.
AMC-8 carries a large number of radio broadcast programs
including heavy usage by ABC, Clear Channel, Jones and Westwood
One.  Radio Currents Online continues the story from there:
  http://beradio.com/currents/radio_currents_032706/index.html#amc
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  BIG JUMPS IN HIGH SPEED & ADVANCED SERVICES INTERNET LINES
  For the twelve month period ending June 30, 2005, High Speed
Internet Lines in the U.S. increased 32%, and Advanced Services
Internet Lines in the U.S. increased 60%.  These are among the
most striking findings just released by the FCC.
  The FCC defines High Speed Lines as connections that deliver
services at speeds exceeding 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at
least one direction, while Advanced Services Lines are connections
that deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in both
directions.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264738A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264744A1.pdf
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  100 CAREFULLY CHOSEN WORDS
  Each week CGC Communicator readers provide us with some
terrific story ideas, but some of those ideas require us to do
considerable research, not something we are equipped to do.
  Non-commercial Letters to the Editor are always welcome,
but they must be kept to 100 carefully chosen words or less.  If
your offering is a story synopsis, include the underlying URL
(Web address) so our readers can get the whole enchilada.
  The CGC Communicator is a highly non-profit service and has
been that way for well over 30 years.  Thanks for helping us
keep it that way.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  A GENUINE UNDERGROUND TRANSMITTER AND AN EXQUISITE ANTENNA
  The transmitter building for KMLT(FM), Thousand Oaks, CA
is buried underground to satisfy the community's "Open Space"
land-use requirement.  See how this new installation grew from
a set of plans into a unique facility by visiting the photos
posted at the URL below.  By the way, the transmitter is
separated from the antenna by about 700 feet, and the good
looking antenna mast is simply a heavy-walled PVC pipe.  This
was quite a project.  Congratulations to all parties involved.
  http://www.cellularpcs.com/thumbnails.php?album=13
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  CHRIS HOMER MOVES TO DIRECTV/LATIN AMERICA
  "After nearly five years as Chief Engineer with KMEX
television, I have decided to move on to a position as Director
of Engineering for DirecTV Latin America.  My years at KMEX have
been filled with some of the most memorable moments of my career
beginning with the construction of the new facility in 2002 and
digital migration shortly afterwards.  I have made many new
friends and will miss everyone at KMEX-TV and Univision.  I have
also had the distinct pleasure of working with Sal Castillo and
Ralph Ortiz who will be holding down the fort from hereon."
  Chris Homer, Chief Engineer
  KMEX/KMEX DT & KFTR/KFTR DT
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  THE HIGHWAY STATIONS APPLY FOR A BOOSTER ATOP THE STRATOSPHERE
  KHYZ(FM), one of Howard Anderson's "Highway Stations" that
cover the freeways from southern California to Las Vegas, has
applied for a booster transmitter atop the Stratosphere Hotel
in Las Vegas.  The booster's antenna height above ground is listed
as 337 meters (1,105 feet).  Read about this neat and unusual
application at the first URL below; the FCC's engineering summary
is at the second URL:
  http://blog.recnet.com/?postid=76
  http://tinyurl.com/l58pp
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  BLOWTORCH USED TO TOPPLE FOUR TOWERS AT KMIA(AM)
  Vandals took a torch and toppled four 197-foot towers
that were part of a multi-tower array in Black Canyon City, AZ,
authorities said Wednesday.  Knocked off the air was Entravision's
KMIA, 710 kHz, a Spanish station serving Phoenix.  The towers
have been the subject of a contentious lawsuit involving Black
Canyon City residents opposed to the tower structures.
  According to Bob Dreste, KMIA was known as KUET before they
flipped to Spanish three years ago.  An old photo of two of KMIA's
top loaded towers is included at the second URL.  Bob writes,
"Kinda odd now with four [KMIA] towers "Missing In Action."
  http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0330towers0330.html
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/KUET_2_twr.jpg
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  REFLECTIONS ON THE ACCIDENTAL EBS TEST OF FEBRUARY 20, 1971
  Dick Harris was on duty at KIRO/AM/FM/TV in Seattle when the
teletype bells started ringing the morning of February 20, 1971,
and chills ran down his spine from the message that followed:
Normal broadcasting was to cease immediately (see CGC #731).
Dick's account of the incident has been web posted for your
viewing pleasure.  Fasten your seat belts:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/NORAD_EBS.html
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  THE HD RADIO ALLIANCE
  All is not well in HD Radioland.  A well known tabletop
radio reportedly has noisy switching components and needs
an external antenna (e.g. folded dipole) to receive much of
anything.  And before HD Radio can take off (if it ever does),
other issues must be resolved including outrageous receiver
prices and the lack of HD radios in cars.
  On the positive side, the broadcast industry is starting
to promote HD Radio and multicast programming.  The two URLs
below let you see what is being told to the public, and to
broadcasters.
  Flash: Boston Acoustics has decided to include a "second
antenna" in its Recepter HD packaging.  Consumers, who know
nothing about antennas, are not going to be thrilled with this
device.  See the third URL below.  All in all, HD Radio is the
biggest series of missteps we have seen in a long time.
  http://www.hdradio.com/index.php (Consumer Site)
  http://www.hdradioalliance.com/index.php (Broadcaster's Site)
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=8770 (New Antenna)
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  TOWER ACCIDENT KILLS ONE, INJURES ANOTHER
  A tower climber died and another was injured in a
tragic accident in Virginia last week.  The men were apparently
being lowered using a cable-and-pulley system when the cable
broke, dropping the climbers an estimated 30 feet to the ground.
The men had reportedly completed the installation of the WYAT-TV
broadcast antenna on the 400-foot tower of WMVA-AM.
  Vern Thompson (of Big Bear radio fame) sent us the story
link below and says this incident "can surely be a reminder of
the hazard and need for critical inspection of all equipment
involved."
  http://tinyurl.com/gzo6k
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  KROQ-FM/JACK-FM CE WRITE UP IMPROVED
  CBS indicates that its want ad for a Chief Engineer at
KROQ-FM and Jack FM has been corrected and improved:
  http://tinyurl.com/kda27
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  REPAIRING DAMAGED CELLPHONES - AN EXOTIC TRIP
  Cellphone subscribers wanting defective handsets replaced
under warranty will most likely ship their phones to a massive
facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where each day a force of almost
1,500 technicians evaluate the merits of about 50,000 claims.
  Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning News was allowed to
follow his defective Motorola RAZR through the process and
provides a most interesting view of a splinter industry which
most mobile customers have never heard of and will likely never
see.
  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060327/news_mz1b27triage.html
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  NEW RULES FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME START IN 2007
  Beginning in 2007, daylight saving time will start on
the second Sunday of March and will end on the first Sunday of
November.  Intended to promote energy conservation by starting
daylight saving three weeks earlier and ending it one week
later, the change is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
  http://encarta.msn.com/text_761574472___0/Daylight_Saving.html
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  TIME FOR A MEMORABLE EVENT
  This Wednesday at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00
in the morning, the time and date will be:
  01:02:03  04/05/06.
  Burma Shave.
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMP-20060222ABE KIEV 57893  ROYCE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING...
            E  1500 KHZ                BURBANK, CA
  Mod of CP
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20060322AAZ   KMPC  61647  ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
             E   1540 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20051024AAF K205EP 93751 LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
              E   88.9 MHZ              LA CANADA, CA
  License to cover BPFT-20051024AAF
  Interference complaint received from Loyola Marymount
  University (KXLU) on 10/11/2005.
  Interference complaint dismissed 12/06/2005.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20060323ABU   KZLA-FM 59987  EMMIS RADIO LICENSE, LLC
                E  93.9 MHZ            LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20060308AIU   KMYI 58821   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
               E   94.1 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20030207ACT KRCK-FM1 137986  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                 E   97.7 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  CP New Station.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTTL-20060323AEG  K40IM  128978  WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
                  E   CHAN-38              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K40IM.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-20040730AWC  KCAL-DT 21422 LOS ANGELES TELEVISION
                 E   CHAN-43           STATION KCAL LLC
                                        LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCAL-TV.
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2006
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20060322ACN   KXLA-DT  55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                  E   CHAN-51           BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                     RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20031231AAM,
  callsign KXLA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000831AMZ  K69JA 127901 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-69               BANNING, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA on channel
  69, Effective Radiated Power 9.9700, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 3 min 46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec., as amended.
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